Originally posted on Seattle Times  |  Last updated 12/18/11
Spent this past week at the divorce trial of Mariners minority owner Chris Larson, which has wrapped up closing arguments and is awaiting a decision. The most interesting stuff for us pertained to the Mariners and some court-appointed appraisals of what the team is worth. We've heard and read lots of guesswork from folks about what the team can afford and can't afford in regard to free agents. Heard talk that Prince Fielder might break the bank if he's signed to a long-term deal. Maybe so, But rather than listen to talk, we decided to hear what the experts themselves had to say. One expert doing an appraisal for Larson's side pegged the team's value at $551 million. The expert doing the appraisal for Larson's wife, Julia Calhoun, put the franchise value at $750 million. We've been arguing for a while now that the Mariners have the money to not only go after Fielder, but to sign a bunch of supporting cast members as well. In making that argument, we were going off figures from Forbes
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